I didn’t know whether to drag up one of the old threads about the IAME SSE engine or start a new topic altogether but, some have probably seen the big news from SKUSA yesterday:
Reaction to this has been all over the place. Some are genuinely excited about this or “it’s about time”, while others are saying “what is SKUSA thinking”? A few people online have declared the IAME 175 engine dead with this announcement and the Rok shifter victorious. And others have wished that the Honda CR125s were never dropped in the first place.
Some defenders of the announcement have assured that the 125cc KZs can run together, and be competitive, with the IAME 175 shifter. The results from last season’s PKC East season, where KZs and IAME 175s have already raced together, suggest they could. Then again, IAME 175s took the first 8 spots at last year’s Rock Island GP King of the Streets race. And I admit I still have my doubts that a 125cc can run with a motor that is 40% bigger by volume, even if the IAME is de-tuned for better reliability.
Whatever the case, the IAME SSE introduction hasn’t gone as planned for SKUSA so far, and ROK has taken advantage of it. While the two entities keep fighting their ongoing war to gain control of the relatively small number of karters still bothering with it. Interested to see how many KZs show up in the Pro Tour though.